80s Fancy Dress Ideas

By Bethany Gleave

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24 Jan 2024, 15:11:00

80s fancy dress ideas including madonna, freddie mercury, boy george and workout outfit

Throw it back to the decade of neon lights, leg-warmer-wearing, and big-hair with our collection of 80s fancy dress ideas. 

Whether you're attending an 80s themed party, want a nostalgic Halloween costume, or just looking for an excuse to channel your inner Madonna or Michael Jackson, we've got you covered with the ultimate '80s fancy dress ideas. 

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Step into the shoes of 80s legends with a costume inspired by Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Boy George and Adam Ant. Transform into these iconic personalities and bring a touch of musical nostalgia to your next fancy dress party.

woman wearing bow in hair with black tutu, sparkly jacket and lace leggings inspired by Madonna.
man wearing a black curly mullet wig inspired by michael jackson
man wearing white t-shirt with black 'choose life' text

Strike A Pose: Madonna

Embrace your inner pop diva with a Madonna-inspired look. An icon of the 80s Madonna's bold outfits are instantly recognisable and the perfect excuse to transform into the Queen of Pop for a night. Think lacy gloves, a tulle skirt, bow headband and leggings - all included in our 80s Wild Child costume. Don't forget the crucifix necklace, teased hair and bold red lipstick – you'll be ready to strike a pose in true '80s fashion.

Thriller Night: Michael Jackson

Now we've mentioned the Queen of Pop it would be impossible to throw an 80s fancy dress party without the appearance of the King of Pop! Pay homage to the King of Pop with a Michael Jackson-inspired ensemble. Super easy to put together with items you have in your wardrobe, grab a military-style or leather jacket, a single white glove, black pants and white socks. Complete your look with a Michael Jackson wig. Practice your moonwalk, and you'll be the life of the party!

Choose Life: George Michael

Transform into the legendary George Michael with our "Choose Life" t-shirt. Embrace the rebellious spirit of the '80s with the iconic white T-shirt, distressed denim, and a sleek black leather jacket. Complete the look with aviator sunglasses for the full Wham! experience.

man dressed in military yellow jacket and white pants inspired by freddie mercury
Queen Break Free Freddie Mercury outfit

Unleash The Magic: Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, the charismatic frontman of Queen, left a mark on both the music industry and the world of fashion. One of his most iconic looks is the vibrant yellow jacket he wore during the 1986 Wembley Stadium performance. If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing outfit for your 80s fancy dress this Freddie Mercury costume is the one. Don't forget a black moustache to complete the outfit.

Break Free: Freddie Mercury

If you're looking for iconic 80s fancy dress then Freddie Mercury is the icon to look to for inspiration. Possibly one of the most iconic music videos of all time, the Break Free outfit is recognisable anywhere. Complete your Break Free fancy dress with fish net tights and of course the iconic black moustache.

fancy dress outfit with big hat and colourful hair accessories

Culture Club Couture: Boy George

Channel the flamboyant style of Boy George and Culture Club with a look that's as bold as it is iconic. No Boy George fancy dress is complete without a wide-brimmed hat and ribbons tied to your hair and luckily our Boy George costume has just that. Don't forget the striking makeup – emphasize your eyes with bold eyeliner and experiment with vibrant eyeshadows. Add some mismatched accessories for that extra touch of '80s glam.

Dandy Highwayman: Adam Ant

Step into the world of Adam Ant, the charismatic lead singer of Adam and the Ants. Embrace the new romantic costume with a pirate-inspired ensemble. Think bold military jackets and frilly shirts. Get creative with face paint to finish your look – Adam Ant's signature white stripe across the face is a must. You'll be the dandy of the '80s scene in no time!

couple wearing pink and green shell suits with stereos
woman wearing I heart the eighties t-shirt

Shell Suit Sensations

Shell suits represent everything about the casual, vibrant style of the '80s. Stand out at your next fancy dress party with a neon shell suit that will have everyone noticing you. The brighter the better when it comes to shell suits and we've got a full collection of pink, green and even leopard print suits. Perfect for an 80s couples costume accessories with sweat bands and your favourite trainers.

Glow Back In Time

When you think of the 80s, there's only one colour pallette you think of - neon. In the 80s it was all about the brighter the better when it came to fashion. If you want an easy 80s costume that you can dress up or down our I love the 80s tee is ideal. Accessorise with glow sticks, sweat bands and neon sunglasses.

woman in high cut leotard and pink leggings
80s running outfit

Workout Warriors

The '80s are known for the rise of fitness culture, and workout outfits became a fashion statement in their own right. Channel your inner Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons with a colorful and energetic '80s workout ensemble. Think high-cut leotards, leggings, and oversized sweatshirts. Add a headband and leg warmers for that extra touch of aerobics chic. Don't forget to accessorize with wristbands and a water bottle – you'll be ready to break a sweat on the dance floor!

man dressed in top gun jumpsuit
woman wearing top gun jumpsuit

Take Flight: Top Gun

Want something a bit less neon? Channel the fearless energy of Maverick with out Top Gun costumes for men and women. Our Top Gun jumpsuits are perfect for 80s fancy dress as well as Halloween costumes or any other fancy dress event. Don't forget your aviator sunglasses and military boots.

With these 80s fancy dress ideas, you're sure to be the star of any event. Whether you choose to embrace the glamour of Madonna, the iconic Freddie Mercury, or the nostalgia of classic '80s movies it's time to dust off your cassette tapes, cue up your favorite '80s playlist, and get ready to party like it's 1989!

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Pop Icons

Step into the shoes of 80s legends with a costume inspired by Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Boy George and Adam Ant. Transform into these iconic personalities and bring a touch of musical nostalgia to your next fancy dress party.

woman wearing bow in hair with black tutu, sparkly jacket and lace leggings inspired by Madonna.

Strike A Pose: Madonna

Embrace your inner pop diva with a Madonna-inspired look. An icon of the 80s Madonna's bold outfits are instantly recognisable and the perfect excuse to transform into the Queen of Pop for a night. Think lacy gloves, a tulle skirt, bow headband and leggings - all included in our 80s Wild Child costume. Don't forget the crucifix necklace, teased hair and bold red lipstick – you'll be ready to strike a pose in true '80s fashion.

man wearing a black curly mullet wig inspired by michael jackson

Thriller Night: Michael Jackson

Now we've mentioned the Queen of Pop it would be impossible to throw an 80s fancy dress party without the appearance of the King of Pop! Pay homage to the King of Pop with a Michael Jackson-inspired ensemble. Super easy to put together with items you have in your wardrobe, grab a military-style or leather jacket, a single white glove, black pants and white socks. Complete your look with a Michael Jackson wig. Practice your moonwalk, and you'll be the life of the party!

man wearing white t-shirt with black 'choose life' text

Choose Life: George Michael

Transform into the legendary George Michael with our "Choose Life" t-shirt. Embrace the rebellious spirit of the '80s with the iconic white T-shirt, distressed denim, and a sleek black leather jacket. Complete the look with aviator glasses for the full Wham! experience.

man dressed in military yellow jacket and white pants inspired by freddie mercury

Unleash The Magic: Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, the charismatic frontman of Queen, left a mark on both the music industry and the world of fashion. One of his most iconic looks is the vibrant yellow jacket he wore during the 1986 Wembley Stadium performance. If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing outfit for your 80s fancy dress this Freddie Mercury costume is the one. Don't forget a black moustache to complete the outfit.

Queen Break Free Freddie Mercury outfit

Break Free: Freddie Mercury

If you're looking for iconic 80s fancy dress then Freddie Mercury is the icon to look to for inspiration. Possibly one of the most iconic music videos of all time, the Break Free outfit is recognisable anywhere. Complete your Break Free fancy dress with fish net tights and of course the iconic black moustache.

fancy dress outfit with big hat and colourful hair accessories

Culture Club Couture: Boy George

Channel the flamboyant style of Boy George and Culture Club with a look that's as bold as it is iconic. No Boy George fancy dress is complete without a wide-brimmed hat and ribbons tied to your hair and luckily our Boy George costume has just that. Don't forget the striking makeup – emphasize your eyes with bold eyeliner and experiment with vibrant eyeshadows. Add some mismatched accessories for that extra touch of '80s glam.

Dandy Highwayman: Adam Ant

Step into the world of Adam Ant, the charismatic lead singer of Adam and the Ants. Embrace the new romantic costume with a pirate-inspired ensemble. Think bold military jackets and frilly shirts. Get creative with face paint to finish your look – Adam Ant's signature white stripe across the face is a must. You'll be the dandy of the '80s scene in no time!

couple wearing pink and green shell suits with stereos

Shell Suit Sensations

Shell suits represent everything about the casual, vibrant style of the '80s. Stand out at your next fancy dress party with a neon shell suit that will have everyone noticing you. The brighter the better when it comes to shell suits and we've got a full collection of pink, green and even leopard print suits. Perfect for an 80s couples costume accessories with sweat bands and your favourite trainers.

woman wearing I heart the eighties t-shirt

Glow Back In Time

When you think of the 80s, there's only one colour pallette you think of - neon. In the 80s it was all about the brighter the better when it came to fashion. If you want an easy 80s costume that you can dress up or down our I love the 80s tee is ideal. Accessorise with glow sticks, sweat bands and neon sunglasses.

woman in high cut leotard and pink leggings

Workout Warriors

The '80s are known for the rise of fitness culture, and workout outfits became a fashion statement in their own right. Channel your inner Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons with a colorful and energetic '80s workout ensemble. Think high-cut leotards, leggings, and oversized sweatshirts. Add a headband and leg warmers for that extra touch of aerobics chic. Don't forget to accessorize with wristbands and a water bottle – you'll be ready to break a sweat on the dance floor!

man dressed in top gun jumpsuit

Take Flight: Top Gun

Want something a bit less neon? Channel the fearless energy of Maverick with out Top Gun costumes for men and women. Our Top Gun jumpsuits are perfect for 80s fancy dress as well as Halloween costumes or any other fancy dress event. Don't forget your aviator sunglasses and military boots.

With these 80s fancy dress ideas, you're sure to be the star of any event. Whether you choose to embrace the glamour of Madonna, the iconic Freddie Mercury, or the nostalgia of classic '80s movies it's time to dust off your cassette tapes, cue up your favorite '80s playlist, and get ready to party like it's 1989!